The Samsung PN50A760 HDTV ($1850 as of April 16, 2009) combines cool multimedia capabilities and great image quality. In our lab tests, this Samsung plasma HDTV earned the highest scores in its size category for image quality. Though we noticed some pixelation in several tests, the PN50A760 performed very well, with some crisp, sharp images and good color balance. I especially admired its handling of fast motion and its wide viewing angle.
In my hands-on tests, the PN50A760 provided excellent virtual surround sound, close to what you'd experience with a dedicated speaker system. A movie soundtrack's sudden organ blast had a powerful, in-the-gut heft.The TV also benefits from being easy to set up. The TV's menus are thoroughly readable, and the Input menu gives priority to attached devices that are currently turned on, so you don't have to scroll past a bunch of irrelevant options to select the device you want to use.
The PN50A760 has a host of slick multimedia capabilities, too. Press the remote's Content button to get a full screen of options, including scenic photos, recipes, exercises, and children's activities--all built into the set's flash memory. You can plug a USB drive into the TV's side-mounted USB port to view your own photographs or to play audio files. Alternatively, you can plug an ethernet cable into the PN50A760 and view media from a PC set up as a DLNA server.
Backlighting makes the excellent, programmable remote easy to use in the dark. The remote has a convenient jog wheel in place of the usual arrows, but Samsung omitted a picture-in-picture button, despite the TV's picture-in-picture function.